Tuesday, November 29, 2011

World AIDS Day: Dec. 1

The Snohomish Health District brings awareness to World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, 3020 Rucker Avenue, Everett.

Public health information tables will be available 10 a.m.-7 p.m.. Featured speaker, Edmonds Community College instructor Hayden M. Bixby presents at 7 p.m. Hayden is the International Program Coordinator for Cura Orphanage in Kenya. There will also be light refreshments and candlelight ceremony.

At 6:30 p.m., the Gay Men's Task Force holds a Memorial Walk in honor of those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Meet at the Health District front entrance to walk to the HIV/AIDS Memorial at 3000 Rockefeller and back to the health district.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

America's Strongest Woman works at Edmonds Community College

Kristyn Whisman, winning the title of America's Strongest Woman.
Ray Novak
"One of the things that I love about strongman, is that when you go to an event, all you can control is yourself and your own performance. It's not worth the stress to worry about anyone but yourself, because all you can do is do your very best. If on a given day, my best is good enough to put me in first place, then that is wonderful. If it's not good enough for first, then you take your performance, learn from those who were more successful than you, and get back to training hard." — Kristyn Whisman, American's Strongest Woman

Kristyn Whisman, Edmonds Community College's Dean of Corrections Education at the Monroe Correctional Complex, has competed for and won the title of America's Strongest Woman in the Lightweight Women's Division of the North American Strongman (NAS) Nationals for the third time. The NAS nationals America's Strongest Women event took place in November at Harrah's Casino in Mississippi.

Kristyn Whisman, at the North American Strongman
Nationals Competition
Ray Novak
Participants competed in six events over two days: log clean and press for reps, yoke walk, farmer's walk, frame deadlift for reps, keg carry for distance, and atlas stone over bar for reps.

• clean and pressed a 110 pound log 10 times in one minute, to tie for first place;
• carried a 350 lb yoke 80 feet in 11.78 seconds, for second place;
• carried 120 pound farmer's handles 80 feet in 10.43 seconds, for second place;
• deadlifted a 405 pound frame 37 times in one minute, for second place;
• carried a 150 pound keg for 190 feet, for fifth place; and
• loaded the 200 pound atlas stone over a 50 inch bar four times in one minute, to tie for first place — and take the overall win by 1.5 points.

"Going in to the last event, the atlas stone, which is a quintessential strongman event, I was in second place. Before we started the stone, I knew I just had to go out and do as best as I could in the stone, and just wait to see what happened," Kristyn said. "Getting first place in the atlas stone was good enough for the overall win! I worked so hard for this, and to win the championship for a third time was extremely gratifying. It was an extremely tight contest, which made it much more exciting and fun. All the competitors worked so hard and everyone was hitting personal records throughout the entire weekend. It really was a great event."

Anthropology instructor named Conservation Teacher of the Year

“Students need an opportunity for high quality, meaningful hands-on educational experiences in the outdoors." — Dr. Thomas Murphy
Dr. Thomas Murphy, 2011 Conservation Teacher
of the Year
Kerrie Murphy
Dr. Thomas W. Murphy Chair of the Anthropology Department at Edmonds Community College was selected for the Washington Association of Conservation Districts’ Conservation Teacher of the Year Award. The award recognizes a K-12, college, technical, or trade school educator in Washington State. He will now be considered for the National Association of Conservation Districts award.

Murphy founded the Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School in 2006 and the Center for Service-Learning in 2007 and has helped produce an annual powwow at Edmonds Community College for the last 12 years. He serves as the faculty liaison for the Center for Service-Learning, which leads the college’s nationally recognized service-learning program. In 2008, he received the Excellence in Education Award from the college’s trustees.

The LEAF School partners with tribes, governments, non-profits, businesses and educational institutions to get students involved hands-on in service-learning projects that help to make communities more sustainable. Participating students are able to earn an AmeriCorps education award while taking a series of college courses in human ecology. Over the past six years, more than 300 students have contributed over 6,000 hours of service with dozens of community partner organizations.

Murphy’s students have played key roles in a wide variety of service-learning projects, including many habitat restoration projects with both the King and Snohomish Conservation Districts. His students have designed and installed an ethnobotanical garden at the City of Lynnwood's Gold Park, made an assessment of possible sources of PBDE contamination at Bracket's Landing in Edmonds, investigated pre-spawn mortality of Coho salmon in Lund's Gulch, and monitored the return of fishers on the Olympic Peninsula.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Visual Arts instructor's work on exhibit in Lynnwood Library Gallery

Minh Carrico, “Celebration," 2004, digital pigment print
From November 18, 2011-January 5, 2012, the Lynnwood Library Gallery will feature artwork by Edmonds Community College Visual Arts instructor Minh Carrico.

The Lynnwood Library Gallery, 19200 44th Avenue West, is free to the public, and presented by the Lynnwood Arts Commission. Gallery hours are: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; and 1-5 p.m., Sunday. Closed on national holidays. Call 425.670.5519.

Minh’s color photographic images represent two societies, two worlds that make up his identity: a white southern community in Little Rock, Arkansas where grew up during the 1970’s, and Vietnamese culture through his mother, and his own travels. In many ways Minh still feels an outsider of both Western society and Viet Nam. In 2002, Minh began surveying daily life of his remaining relatives in Viet Nam, and more recently he traveled back to Arkansas to captured forgotten memories and instances.

Minh teaches design and photography and is co-chair of the Visual Arts Department at Edmonds Community College. His nearly 20 years of experience in the field has led to his passion for teaching the future generations of visual communicators. Outside the classroom, Minh works on a number of fine art photography projects and mix-media installations that address personal and social identity. His visual art has been exhibited and published internationally.

Office of Diversity Affairs: Mark Your Calendar

Edmonds Community College's Office of Diversity Affairs notes the following upcoming events and resources in our community:
  • Van Jones, Martin Luther King Jr. keynote speaker, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2012, at Edmonds CC and 7 p.m. at Lynnwood Convention Center.
  • Latino Legislative Day, Friday, January 20, 2012, Olympia.
  • Minority Achievers Program 9th Annual Gala Fund-Raising Event, 6 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center, Everett.
  • Lynnwood City Council approves emergency overnight sheltering for homeless individuals, beginning Tuesday, November 15. For more information, contact Julie Moore, 425.670.5023.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Health district features Edmonds CC instructor for World AIDS Day talk

English instructor Hayden Bixby is the featured speaker at the Snohomish Health District's World AIDS Day event 7 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 1 at 3020 Rucker Ave. in Everett.

Hayden is the International Program Coordinator for Cura Orphanage in Kenya, home to 50 children, ranging in age from 4 to 13, who have lost their parents to AIDS.

Bixby has lead a short study program for Edmonds Community College to Kenya which included a stop at the orphanage and has taught an English composition class focused on East Africa in the Modern World at the college.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Edmonds Conference Center celebrates Halloween in downtown Edmonds

Edmonds Conference Center in downtown Edmonds participated in Halloween festivities attended by nearly 4,000 people.

Good witch, Cheryl Jeney, and bad witch, Sande Hecle, along with Edmonds Community College international student, Sule Sekeroglu, gave treats to hundreds of children.

The Edmonds Conference Center proudly represents the college at several community events each year.

English faculty read at Hugo House Nov. 1

English instructors Amanda Laughtland and Marcia Woodard, alumni of the University of Washington's Master of Fine Arts in English/Creative Writing program, will read 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 1 at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

They are part of the Castalia Reading Series sponsored by the University of Washington's graduate creative writing program. Free.